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i will have another update at 6:00. >> thanks for joining us. lester holt is next with "nightly news." an officer gunned down, another dies while searching for the suspect, accused of fatally shooting a pregnant mother. a city in fear with an armed and dangerous man on the loose. family ties. president-elect trump names his son-in-law, jared kushner, as a top adviser inside the white house. a storm of controversy over anti-nepotlaws and possible conflicts of interest. school bus inferno. dozens of children saved in the nick of time. the driver being hailed as a hero. buyer beware. popular over-the-counter pills marketed as a boost for your memory, now the feds say there's no evidence they work. golden moments with hollywood's biggest stars, but it's the pint-sized shutterbug behind the camera who's inspiring america. "nightly news" begins right now.
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good evening. good evening. after a 2016 that will be remembered as an especially deadly year for the nation's police, nine days into this year, the orlando area is in mourning after a dramatic day that left two law enforcement officers dead and a murder suspect still on the loose. it began early this morning when the wanted man was spotted by an officer outside a walmart leading to a deadly exchange of gunfire. nbc's jacob rascon has late details. >> reporter: tonight orlando law enforcement reeling, saying an emotional good-bye to two of their own, including master sergeant deborah clayton, shot outside a walmart, police say, by a fugitive. the urgent manhunt now in its 11th hour. >> we're going to bring this dirtbag to justice and he's going to jail. >> reporter: it started in this
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parking lot around 7:15 a.m. witnesses say clayton confronted murder suspect markeith lloyd, yelling to stop, when lloyd opened fire, hitting the officer. >> he pulled a gun and started shooting. that's when the officer started backing up and returning fire. >> reporter: backup arrived within 28 seconds. police say lloyd shot at a police cruiser, carjacking a bystander before disappearing. >> the man we're looking for is very dangerous. >> reporter: but during the search, another tragedy. orange county sheriff's deputy norman lewis involved in the manhunt and on his motorcycle was killed in a traffic accident. >> everybody knows this guy. just a loving, wonderful human being. and he is going to be missed as a friend and as a police officer. >> reporter: investigators had already been searching for lloyd for nearly a month. the only suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. clayton, a wife and mother, was also a 17-year veteran of the orlando police department.
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one of the first officers to respond to the pulse nightclub shooting last summer. beloved for her outstanding community policing, especially mentoring young people like brandon cunningham. >> sergeant clayton was -- an amazing person. she -- so much more than a police officer, so much more than a mentor or friend. she was like family. >> reporter: the manhunt is still ongoing nearly 12 hours after the shooting here. police helicopters in the sky, hundreds of law enforcement officers in the street. lloyd has a long criminal record and grew up here. the police chief said he's likely been able to stay on the run for so long because he's had help. >> jacob rascon in orlando, thank you. now to the new developments in the deadly shooting rampage of the ft. lauderdale airport. the suspect appeared in court today as we learn more about what he's telling authorities and what the fbi knew about him months before he allegedly
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opened fire and killed five people in the airport baggage claim. nbc's kerry sanders has the latest. >> reporter: the alleged gunman esteban santiago was taken to federal court in handcuffs and ankle chains. a far cry from this security footage obtained by tmz which allegedly shows him at the airport friday calmly pulling out a pistol and repeatedly firing. >> everyone looks so scared. and i wanted to get back to my family because i didn't know where they were. >> reporter: a federal affidavit says santiago gave a confession, that he brought the pistol legally to florida in checked baggage, firing approximately 10 to 15 rounds. he now faces charges involving murder, firearms and airport violence that could carry the death penalty. in anchorage, alaska, at a motel where santiago most recently lived, the fbi hauled away a dumpster looking for clues. chief among the questions now, did authorities miss important warning signs?
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in november the iraq war vet walked into a local fbi office with a loaded gun, appearing agitated, and reporting terroristic thoughts. authorities took him to a mental health facility and confiscated the pistol, believed to be the same gun used in friday's carnage. he was released four days later and eventually got his gun back. >> the gap is, knowing about people who might be dangerous, but no way to deal with it. >> reporter: santiago's brother told nbc news he seemed especially troubled after he came back from military service in iraq in 2010. >> he's a nice guy. >> reporter: in the chaos friday the gunman killed five, including shirley timmons from ohio. she was celebrating her 51st anniversary with her high school sweetheart. at the airport there are still 20,000 pieces of abandoned luggage and irreplaceable keepsakes. >> this is rufus, my dad gave it to my 10-year-old before he died. if you see rufus, keep him safe and get him to me, please.
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>> reporter: the alleged gunman esteban santiago will be back here in federal court later next week where he'll have a detention hearing and be formally arraigned on these charges later this month. >> kerry sanders, thank you. late word this evening from president-elect donald trump officially naming his son-in-law, jared kushner, as one of his senior advisers in the white house. showing that even at the very highest levels of the west wing, the president-elect is planning to maintain family ties which some legal analysts say may be against the law. here's nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: one day shy of his 36th birthday, ivanka trump's husband jared kushner has quickly established himself as a political power broker. tonight named senior advisor to his father-in-law, president-elect trump. >> jared is a very successful real estate person, but i actually think he likes politics more than he likes real estate, i'm excited. >> reporter: praised by trump during the campaign, kushner was by his side for some of the biggest decisions along the way.
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despite having no political experience. kushner, who lobbied his father-in-law to select mike pence for vp, will have unique influence inside the walls of the white house. alongside chief strategist steve bannon and chief of staff reince priebus. officials say he'll take no salary but will be involved across a broad range of issues. trump said kushner could play a key part in the middle east peace process. while his role has fueled speculation, kushner has quietly been taking steps to distance himself from his multi-billion dollar real estate business, kushner companies. his attorney telling nbc news mr. kushner is committed to complying with federal ethics laws. that he'll resign as ceo of his family business. >> he needs to cease and desist immediately. during this transition period, he has tried to have his cake and eat it, too, and that's very dangerous. >> reporter: a top trump adviser says the president is exempt from a 1967 federal anti-nepotism law, created after
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president kennedy's selection of his brother as attorney general. in the '90s federal judges supported president clinton's move to put his wife in charge of health care reform efforts. tonight transition officials tell nbc news jared kushner will divest from a significant number but not all of his assets. as for ivanka trump, she'll also be stepping back from the trump family business, but so far no decision about exactly what role she might play in her father's white house. >> peter alexander in washington tonight, thanks. as all that plays out, battle lines are being drawn over the president-elect's cabinet picks. a slew of confirmation hearings set to begin tomorrow. and democrats and republicans are bracing for a fight. nbc's hallie jackson has those details. >> reporter: for the trump transition, its biggest week yet. key cabinet confirmations stacking up in congress. two tomorrow, four wednesday, three more thursday. >> i think they'll all pass. i think every nomination -- they're all at the highest level. >> reporter: but among the most controversial, alabama senator jeff sessions. up for attorney general.
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his civil rights record under fire. >> there is some concern about jeff sessions -- >> no, i think he's going to do great. high-quality man. >> reporter: trump's team touting how seriously they're taking this. inside the nondescript transition office in d.c., some 70 hours of mock hearings. each nominee peppered with some 120 questions each session. >> the process is meant to prepare the nominee and also to scare them just a little bit. >> reporter: but nbc news has learned four cabinet picks with hearings this week have failed to finish required ethics reviews. according to a senate aide involved in the process. while the transition team insists all forms have been filed, the ethics office called the fast pace unprecedented. >> here's the great irony. leader mcconnell asked for the exact same things we're asking for in 2009 to president-elect obama. and here's the one difference. all of president-elect obama's nominees complied. >> reporter: top democrat chuck schumer sending top republican mitch mcconnell the same letter mcconnell first sent in '09
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asking for best practices. with senator mcconnell at trump tower brushing off democrats' complaints. >> everybody will be properly vetted as they have been in the past. >> reporter: trump today punting when pressed about his own conflicts of interest. >> we'll talk about it on wednesday. it's very simple. >> reporter: similarly dodging questions about russia's interference in the election, looking ahead instead to his news conference wednesday. >> who do you trust more, julian assange or the nsa? >> we'll be talking to you very soon. >> reporter: with the president-elect's cabinet nominees submitting their financial disclosure forms and plans to divest from their businesses, worth noting that they so far are doing more than their next boss, donald trump himself. >> hallie jackson outside trump tower in new york, thank you. let's go to a story about a school bus driver being hailed a hero after an emergency situation with dozens of children on board saved from an inferno. it was all caught on camera. nbc's tom costello has more for us.
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>> dispatch -- >> reporter: it happened just before 7:15 this morning. >> it's going to be a school bus on fire. a school bus. >> reporter: alcoa, tennessee, school bus 47 suddenly engulfed in flames. but all 29 kids on board safe. >> the children are all off of the bus at this time. it started in a wheel well, now the engine is on fire. >> reporter: witnesses say the school bus driver was the hero. while picking up students, he suddenly heard a pop. realizing there was a small fire in the wheel well, he quickly got everybody off. but within minutes the bus was consumed in fire. >> i felt really happy and scared at the same time. >> i just kept thinking, if my kid hadn't have got off there -- it was awful. >> reporter: today, school administrators said the driver's quick actions ensured the kids never even realized the danger. >> incredibly thankful and incredibly blessed. >> reporter: nationwide there are six bus or school bus fires every day. but tonight, in tennessee, 29
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kids are home safe thanks to the quick thinking of their bus driver. >> he was the last one to get off the bus. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, washington. to the brutal extreme weather north, south, east, and west. snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 states. dangerous conditions sadly leading to deaths. we have it all covered from coast to coast starting with nbc's miguel almaguer in california, where forecasters are warning of the kind of storm not seen in more than a decade. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. the storm system is still days from being over. here in the sierra nevada where there is a critical corridor that connects west coast products with east coast states, we have seen avalanche and whiteout conditions. several roads in this area are shut down. but at lower elevations they're not worried about the snow, it's all of this water. water that is headed right towards vulnerable communities. from drought to deluge. across california, at least 40 rivers are surging above flood stage.
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16 million people are under threat. rising rivers have turned deadly. >> our restaurant's going to overflow. we had to kick everybody out so they could get home safely, the roads are closing. >> reporter: near reno, a disaster declared, evacuations ordered. the storm system triggering mudslides, avalanches, and rock slides. trees are coming down everywhere. >> back wheels off the ground. >> reporter: in colorado springs, authorities issued a rare shelter in place order because of dangerous winds. in oregon, it's ice cold. no thaw in the forecast. in california, forecasters say this could be the worst storm in a decade. after standing tall nearly 1,000 years, this iconic so coy a kno -- sequoyah known as the pioneer
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cabin tree, toppled by the storm. >> the whole area all the way around just looks like a lake. mother nature at work. >> reporter: and tonight the promise of more rain, more damage, and rising rivers are all in the forecast. miguel almaguer, nbc news in california's sierra nevada. i'm tammy leitner in north carolina. the winter storm delivered a wicked one-two punch of brutal snow and now plunging temperatures. dumping more than a foot of snow in places like cape cod. >> i got two scarves, three sweaters -- >> reporter: so cold in pittsburgh the referee's whistle froze during the dolphins/steelers game. at least five deaths blamed on the east coast storms. most due to slick road conditions. but one rescue. a snowplow picked up a pregnant stephanie dawson after her car broke down, getting her to the hospital just in time to deliver. in the southeast, temps remain 10 to 20 degrees below average. only 9 degrees in raleigh, north carolina, this morning. forcing schools and businesses to close.
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today, weary travelers still struggling to get home. >> this is me for three days. >> this is all you've had on? >> yeah. >> reporter: after thousands of flights were canceled or delayed across the country. tammy leitner, nbc news, raleigh, north carolina. still ahead, you've probably seen the ads. maybe you even take these popular supplements that promise to boost your memory. do they really work? the makers now under fire from the feds. also, the moment that still has everyone talking. one of america's top actresses versus the president-elect.
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we're back with an alert about a supplement taken by millions of americans. the makers of the widely advertised prevagen claim their product can sharpen your memory. today a federal lawsuit was filed claiming there's no proof it works and customers are being deceived. we get details from nbc's kristin dalgren. >> your brain is an amazing thing. >> reporter: you've probably seen the ads. >> the breakthrough in prevagen helps your brain and actually improves memory. >> reporter: claims that an ingredient originally found in jellyfish and marketed as an over-the-counter supplement called prevagen can improve memory in 90 days. the federal trade commission and new york's attorney general are charging the makers with making false and unsubstantiated claims. >> you can't make claims you can't back up with your own scientific studies. we're going to protect the seniors in new york and all over america from false claims.
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>> reporter: the complaint alleges prevagen manufacturer quincy bioscience failed to show prevagen works better than a placebo on any measure of cognitive function. in a strongly worded response quincy says, we vehemently disagree. there is a large body of evidence that prevagen improves memory. there is no reason for a short-staffed and lame duck ftc to rush this complaint through. prevagen costs up to $68 a bottle at major retailers like amazon, cvs, walgreens. according to the complaint sales have topped $165 million. tonight it is still being sold while a judge will decide if the thousands who bought prevagen hoping to get their memory back should get their money back instead. kristin dalgren, nbc news, new york. we're back in a moment with news that might have parents checking their bank accounts, especially if they're expecting.
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whoa, baby. new numbers from the government show that little bundle of joy will cost you quite a bundle of money. the cost of raising a child is about $14,000 a year. that works out to $233,610 through age 17. it's most expensive in the urban northeast, least in rural parts of the country. much of the cost comes from housing, that additional bedroom. also child care, education and food. a historic night at the 74th annual golden globes as "la la land" broke records with seven wins. it swept the top prizes in the comedy or musical category, including best picture, best actor and actress, best director, and more. but the moment still being talked about came when meryl streep accepted a lifetime achievement award and used her speech to call out president-elect trump. >> disrespect invites disrespect. violence incites violence. when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.
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>> trump fired back on twitter calling the three-time oscar winner "overrated." more from the golden globes when we come back. the inspiring young shutterbug all the stars wanted a selfie with on the red carpet. ===raj/vo===
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trt: 3 ==raj/take vo== we end tonight as we do every monday with something inspiring. last night many of you watched professional dreams come true onstage at the golden globes. but for one little girl the real prize was the red carpet. our joe friar tells us about an 8-year-old photographer who survived a tough battle in our "inspiring america" report. >> reporter: the red carpet is supposed to be like a one-way street. all lenses pointed in the same direction. toward the stars. >> go ahead and turn it on. >> reporter: yet a couple days before the golden globes, it was a photographer who seemed worthy of our focus. >> now shoot it. perfect. >> reporter: just 8 years old, juanita hernandes was getting lessons so she could take pictures at the big show. >> how excited are you for the golden globes? >> on a scale of 1 to 10, 10. >> reporter: a once in a lifetime opportunity for a girl diagnosed with cancer when she was 5.
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>> it's really painful. you as a parent don't want to hear from a doctor saying, your kid got cancer. >> reporter: juanita had to endure surgery, chemo and radiation. what made things easier was a program that taught photography. >> i used to think no one would want to play with me because i had cancer. then this program changed me and changed my mind. >> reporter: the program is called pablo shutterbugs, named after pablo who died of cancer at age 6. through photography classes young patients can express what they're experiencing. >> for a moment step away from the chaos that is the cancer realm. and just be kids. >> reporter: it certainly helped juanita. >> live from the red carpet! >> reporter: her cancer now in remission, she made her way to the globes, not only taking pictures of hollywood's biggest stars, but with them, posing with the likes of amy adams, goldie hawn, kerry washington.
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now that's a red carpet statement. joe friar, nbc news, los angeles. >> picture perfect. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. cruz mountains. a redwood tree -- comes crashing down right onto right now at 6:00, a dramatic sight in the santa cruz mountains, a redwood tree comes crashing count on to hoo 17. and in the north bay, rising flood water overruns the campground. and in the sgouth bay, a major roadway turned into a fast flowing river. the news at 6:00 starts right now. gad e oodeening. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica agerry. this is what it looks like in
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san francisco, oakland, dublin and san jose. not as wet as yesterday but the leading edge of the next round is coming in. you can see it right now, the storm on our satellite radar. >> we have crews fanned out across the bay area. let's begin with our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. >> look at this. we just got over our powerful storm this weekend and another stream of moisture several hundred miles in the pacific is lining up right now and that will keep rain in the forecast again the next two days. let's bring you in to the doppler radar. wide spread coverage of wet weather for the north bay, san francisco peninsula and the east bay. beginning to get wet in the south bay. i'm going to track the threat this hour but the two top flood kwrns this hour. first one is a coastal flood advise. we have king tides in the next few days.


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